Preheat oven to 350° for metal pan, 325° for glass
In a large pot or microwaveable bowl, melt the butter and 1 cup of the chips over low heat. If microwaving, heat chips and butter in short increments, stirring frequently
When melted, remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract.
Add eggs, sugar, cinnamon, flour and baking soda, and mix well.
Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and pour mixture into a greased or parchment paper-lined 13 X 9 baking dish.
Bake °for 18 - 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of brownies comes out fairly clean. There will be some chocolate from the chocolate chips on the toothpick.
Remove from oven, turn off heat, and drop remaining chocolate chips over the top. You can add more if you want a thicker layer of chocolate.
Return the brownie pan to the oven and allow chips to begin to melt. No more than 5 minutes
Remove again, and use a spatula to spread the melted chips evenly over the top.
Top with peppermint candies, and cut into squares when cool.Enjoy!